Disability Grant For Osteoarthritis And Depression Disabled Single Mom
by ArLisa Foster
(Los Angeles, California, USA)
I am a 51-year-old African American single mother of two. I have three grandchildren ages 1-7 years old.
I have one brother 10 years my junior who has children. I've been an educator for over 25 years working with ages pre-school to adults.
I have osteoarthritis that has been progressively degenerative for 20 years.
I have had major depression for 40 years and was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2012.
I have been unable to work since February 2011 and am currently on State Retirement Disability.
My conditions will not improve and I must use a cane, knee braces and take medication daily for pain, depression, anxiety, high blood pressure (I have had for six years) and digestive issues.
My neck, shoulders, upper back, spine, hips, knees, legs feet, toes, hands, fingers, elbows are all adversely affected by my disabilities.
My nerves and disposition are also affected by my disabilities.
I still drive, but not every day and not for long distances. I cannot sit for long periods of time nor lie down for long periods.
Though I take medication for insomnia, I still have sleepless nights one to two times a week.Financial Hardship
When I stopped working in 2011, I lost pay for over a year until my disability started.
My house was in foreclosure and all my bills seriously past due.
The money I now receive is half of what I earned working, but none of my living expenses have decreased.
I was able to save my house and now I am not seriously behind in bills, just behind (couple of months).
I no longer have health insurance because I could not afford the $1,500 dollars a month for premiums, doctor visits, medical procedures and medication.
I was getting acupuncture and massage therapy that I also now cannot afford.
I have lived in my house without a working heating furnace for over a year. I'm still trying to get it repaired. My house has been too cold to walk around (35 degrees) and has caused more body aches.
I have two children that I never received any substantial child support for so everything I have accomplished, I struggled to make happen.
I was successful, until 2010 when I began losing my battle to stay mobile and functional on a regular basis.
I have days I cannot get out of bed, or out of the bathroom.
My life activities have become extremely limited along with my finances.Income Efforts
I have tried everything that my body will allow me to do to obtain additional income.
I have inquired as how to apply for SSI, SSDI and General Relief and was told I am not eligible for any of those programs.
I applied for and am still waiting for a decision about getting Medicare assistance now that I have no health insurance.
I have borrowed to my limit with family and friends as well as from my church.
I help my daughter when I can with the family foundation by making calls, hosting meetings at my house, having my grandchildren over when she and my son-in-law need to take care of business and providing ideas and help with development of those ideas through formal and informal meetings at my house or theirs.
My efforts to function daily with my disabilities have become more challenging due to my limited finances.
And, I still have a child in college that I am still trying to support. He attends a university in North Carolina and is trying to support himself, but he still needs my help.Specific Needs
I am looking for grants that I can apply for that will help me with all that I described above because now after working for over 25 years as an educator in public, private and non public schools K-12, and helping other children and families, I now need assistance and support to get caught up and back up on my feet financially.